All too often, houseplants look great just long enough to make one solid appearance on Instagram. Then they suddenly begin to droop and no matter what you do, you can’t bring them back to life. But fret not — Taylor Johnston, horticulturalist at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and founder of Gamine Workwear, shares her best tips for keeping your plants happy and thriving.
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3. There’s no checklist of rules: You can go to the Internet, gardeners, family and friends and everyone's going to tell you something different about how to take care of your plants. Johnston stresses that "e
You can go to the Internet, gardeners, family and friends and everyone's going to tell you something different about how to take care of your plants. Johnston stresses that "everyone’s environment is different and what works for me and what works for you probably are going to be two different things. That goes for how many days a week we water, how often we’re turning our plants to make sure they’re getting even exposure to light."
5. Feed your plant: Fertilizing is an often forgotten, but important, task. Your plants need food in addition to sunlight and water. Johnston shares that she doesn't use liquid feed, but if she does, she dilutes them. "No matter what the packaging says, ignore it, cut it in half," Johnston advises. As an alternative, she uses Osmocote, which is a slow release fertalizer that gives a little bit of food every time you water.